Success Factors: Rich, Poor And Everybody Else In a three-part series, All Things Considered host Robert Siegel visited North Carolina's Research Triangle area, to ask people from very different walks of life how they account for their economic station in life.

Johnita Ellerby, a single mother of four, is studying social work while working full time. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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At The Economy's Bottom Rungs, Striving To Climb Up

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Sarah Bidgood is managing editor of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. She says her parents helped her start adult life with no debt, giving her a leg up. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Paid In America: The Road To The Middle

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Michael and Amy Tiemann estimate their personal wealth at about $25 million — and say luck played no small part in their financial success. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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Want To Be Rich? Be Lucky, Know The Right People

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